Lusine has dazzled us with new album Sensorimotor. Conquering the divides between electronic pop music, techno and ambient meanderings, your ears will drift on the album’s sea of emotive ebbs and flows. Sensorimotor is clever, varied and bold. The Texas-raised/Seattle-based producer’s arrangements are constructed with deliberation and the collaborations with vocalists are dashing.
Lusine’s influences are timeless electronic greats and his arsenal includes an MPC1000, a borrowed Prophet 5, hand percussion, glockenspiel, as well as field recordings and samples of live instruments. High brow digital/organic music appreciators will also dig this one! We chat Beatles, Stones and creating tunes with Lusine himself!
Who were your first electronic music making influencers?
It’s hard to say if they are still an influence because this is back in the 90s, but artists like Speedy J, Aphex Twin, Plaid, Autechre, and Atom Heart had a big influence, as well as bands like New Order, Depeche Mode, Stereolab, My Bloody Valentine, and the Sea and Cake.
When creating a new song, what comes first for you, beat or melody? Describe your process?
I think it depends on the track. I usually start off with an idea of a track I want to make. If it’s the beat that I really am influenced by, I’ll start there, if it’s a type of progression I want to nail, I’ll start with that. Sometimes it’s just some sort of weird sample based thing I’m trying to get out of my head. And then the track moves on from there.
What bit of gear could you not live without?
At this point, I think I could lose something and be OK. I’m fairly dependent on my computer, but I could probably pull off a track on the mpc or my looper if I had to.
I would be pretty upset if my black orange ARP Odyssey died on me, but it’s mostly for sentimental reasons.
Tell us how you chose who for what song when collaborating with vocalists…
Sometimes, I’m just given a recording of some scratch idea for lyrics. That’s how Just a Cloud and Two Dots came about. Then I just made a track based on those. I think with Sarah (my wife), it’s the tracks that are the most thought out lyrically, because I know we can spend some time revising. With Tom, I’m not sure, but I guess I thought his voice would pair well with a darker sound and progression.
The new album collates diverse electronic textures in a seamless way. Did you write in terms of an album, choose your songs carefully or something else altogether?
Thank you. Well, it’s really hard for me to write a whole album within the same style, so after writing a few tracks, I try to figure out what types of tracks might help to fill out the album. I tried incorporating little ambient bits and key pitched transitions a little more on this one.
Choose one: Beatles or The Stones? Why??
The Beatles. I’m not much of a Stones fan. The Stones tracks I like are the ones that sound the least like their brand of blues rock.
The Beatles were a bit more adventurous and fearless about getting out of their comfort zone.
At least it seems that way to me. It’s something to aspire to, even if I am not successful at this myself.
Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers?
I really enjoyed touring in Australia, and I hope to come back sometime.
YM: We’d certainly be lining up for a show!